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Awarded one of the top 20 figurative painters by Watson-Guptill Publications, this self taught artistís career spans over 5 decades of accomplishments. His brilliant combination of technical mastery and emotional power embraces and unveils people of all ages, races and cultures. Collinís captures their truth and raw reality, sharing with us the beauty and traditions that are the legacy of humanity.
A steady climb to international recognition has been punctuated by exhibits and hangings in some of the most prestigious museums and galleries on the planet. Collinís has exhibited nationally and internationally, credited with over 100 solo exhibitions, with several breaking attendance records. His works have been viewed from the Pushkin Museum in Moscow to the Kennedy Center in Washington DC to the Key West Museum of Art & History in Key West and the Studio Museum of Harlem in New York.
He is the designer of the Martin Luther King Peace Prize Medal, the National Physical Fitness Poster for the Carter administration and the NASA space shuttle emblem. He was the first artist of color to paint a sitting President - The President Ford Mural, and was commissioned to paint the 40th Anniversary of Israel Mural and several other works for Anheuser Busch, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Universal Forrest Products, Amway Corporation, Johnson Products, and many more.
Collinís achievements have won him many national and international honors and awards for his skills as an artist and as a humanitarian. He is the recipient of the Mead Book Award, Tadlow Fine Art Award, Peoples Choice awards in Paris, and the Golden Centaur of Italy Ceba award of Excellence to name a few. Also, the naming of the Grand Rapids Community College Gallery in his honor as well as the establishment of a permanent collection of his works for the college.
He has served on many boards including the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Martin Luther King Jr. for Non- Violence Center and the Arts Council of Grand Rapids MI, as well as spearheaded major social programs in his community.
He has a way of capturing the human spirit on canvas and bringing to life the joys, struggles and serenity of humanity while stirring our souls. Historically art has always related to people capturing a moment in time, to forever behold our history. Collinís art reaches the hearts of his viewers and connects them to the images he portrays, whether they are from the same neighborhood or across the world.